• DORWIN SKINNER (May 4, 1945- May 5, 2021)

    We remember a long time member and volunteer of the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, Dorwin Skinner Sr.

    Dorwin Skinner, Sr. was born in Battle Creek Michigan. He was in the US Airforce for 16 years. Worked for the Veterans Administration as a Supervisor in supply. Retired in 1988. Spring Hill resident since 1994. Had one Son, Dorwin Jr.,  deceased 9 years ago and two Daughters presently living in Spring Hill, FL. He has 13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and one great great grand child. He passed one day after his 76th birthday on May 5. He loved history, fossils, hot dogs and was an avid fisherman and cook. We remember Dorwin for his kindness, and willingness in volunteering for the preservation society on so many occasions over the years.

    WE’LL MISS YOU DORWIN! -The Historic Hernando Preservation Society

  • HHPS May Meeting/ Guest Speaker

    HHPS is pleased to welcome guest speaker Jo-Anne Peck at the May meeting. She will present a behind the scenes look at the massive historic building relocation project that took place as part of the widening of I-4 through the heart of historic Ybor City. The project spanned decades from planning to implementation and resulted in the rebuilding of a historic neighborhood damaged by the initial construction of Interstate 4 in Tampa. It resulted in the relocation and preservation of more than 64 historic buildings from small, 600 sf casitas to large 2-story commercial masonry buildings.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    • 6:30 pm
    • Brooksville City Hall Council Chambers

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • Lee Anne Shoeman Award Winner 2019: Bill Rosst

    William Rosst became a member of Hernando Past in 2010. For almost a decade, he was always willing to help the society as a board member, and later as an ex officio board member. He purchased a computer projector for the organization. He provided wonderful lectures/presentations on the history of the MAYA, drawn from his rich experience as an archaeologist and engineer around the world. In 2012, with the MAYAN CALENDAR event in the news, Bill gave a great presentation at that time. He brought a steady and professional opinion and demeanor to all of the preservation society’s meetings and deliberations. Most notably, he was instrumental in the CENTRALIA historic marker by providing the majority of the funding for that project, dedicated a few years ago. His work in preserving Hernando County’s cultural/historical resources qualifies him immensely to receive the Lee Anne Shoeman Preservation Award for 2019. He was a beloved member of Hernando Past and will be sorely missed. It is a great honor to his memory to award this to Bill Rosst, posthumously.

    Bill Rosst, 1931-2019
  • December HHPS Meeting

    The December meeting date has been changed in order to not conflict with the Main Street Tree Lighting. We will meet Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 pm at City Hall. We will hold elections for our Board and Officers – please come cast your vote! We will also be selecting our Lee Anne Shoeman Award winner. Please bring a dish to share as well as an inexpensive (less than $5) wrapped Christmas ornament for our gift exchange. This is always a fun meeting, once we get our important business out of the way.

    Thursday, December 19th 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL
  • HHPS August Meeting

    The HHPS will have its monthly meeting on August 1st in the City Hall Council Chambers. We will be discussing the coordination of the Garden Grove Historic Marker dedication and the installation of the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Exhibit. Your input is important.

    • Thursday, August 1, 2019
    • Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601
    • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Thank You to our Many Volunteers


    As we are nearing March of 2019,  we have accomplished many things because of you, who make up our membership and contribute with unpaid volunteer hours and time, membership dues, serving as board members.  At this time we especially remember the legacy of Roger Sherman to our Preservation Society who was our Parliamentarian/Vice President and who began this year with a great lecture on historic home design while raising funds to complete the Garden Grove Historic Marker to be dedicated in a few months.  He will be missed but his legacy of volunteerism inspires us to continue.                   

    Several historical field trips were made by our group in the recent past which was organized by Brooksville “Bev” and Sue Russo.  Thanks to Vickie Jimmerson’s cousin Caesar Gonzmart for his tour in Ybor City.  Other trips are being planned. Thanks to President Vickie Jimmerson for guiding us into 2019 and running our meetings smoothly.                    

    The Florida Humanites Speaker Series began in November and resumed this past week with a great presentation on the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The months of April & May will bring new lectures on Weeki Wachee & Florida Cattle Ranching.   Thanks to all of you for setting up, getting the word out, and making these a success!                       

    Volunteers have staffed the outreach table at The Brooksville Raid, The Brooksville Native American Festival, and most recently Heritage Day (Celebrating the birthday of Hernando County in 1843).  Our next big outreach opportunity will be Art in the Park on March 9-10th.  We will have a great time selling hot dogs and raising funds as we have done there the past several years, thanks to the opportunity by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, namely Jan Knowles & again Roger Sherman.                         

    Thank you!

    Although not an officially sponsored event by Hernando Past, our group helped advertise & promote a Historic Home Workshop this past week at the May-Stringer Museum,  where thousands of dollars of restoration work was accomplished at the window makeover workshop.  JoAnne Peck was instrumental in this important event at the Hernando Historical Museum Association.                        

    Board Member David Letasi just completed a presentation to a group of traveling scholars on the pre-history of Hernando County and Florida at the Chinsegut Hill Retreat.   He has donated his $200 honorarium to Hernando Past!  Thank you Dave!                       

    There are more opportunities for volunteerism with Hernando Past coming up with the commencement of a two year archaeological study at Chocochatti.  A public meeting is planned for the first week of March at City Hall, which will be announced soon.  And this coming fall, for six weeks, from September through November, we will be hosting Museum on Mainstreet: Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,  a traveling Smithsonian Exhibit which will be on display at the Brooksville Mining Association Enrichment Center (The Quarry) Volunteers will be needed for set-up, programs, as tour guides (docents), and to dissemble the exhibit as well.                           

    Thanks to our volunteers for staffing the outreach tables,  setting up for lectures, and other volunteer activities  including Debbie Charlow, Janet Clark, Rick Fraker,  Mike & Char Goldman, Vickie & Buddy Jimmerson, Jan Knowles, David & Sue Letasi, Dorwin Skinner, Nina Mattei, Ken Morgan, Brooksville “Bev,” Susan Russo,  JoAnne Peck, Max & Calli, Joyce Rinehart, Richard Tombrink, Robert Twomey, Sid Taylor, Andrea Vicente, Douglas Ponticos, Tommy Blackmon, Beverly Lewis, Terry Cremin, Doug Davis, Patricia Taylor, Caesar Gonzmart, the GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman’s Club.   (Please forgive me if I left anyone off this list of volunteers of recent events & activities.)

    Thank you,
    Jon YeagerSecretary & Event Coordinator

  • 2017 Membership Renewal

    Current Members, past members, and prospective members,
    We are now conducting our Membership Drive for 2017.  We have had a great year of activity with the Historic Hernando Preservation Society.  From monthly speakers, to field trips, and working on several projects, it has been a productive year.  You may visit our website to see all the events and projects from 2016.  From Heritage Day, to field trips, to special historical speakers, and preservation of of our cultural/historical resources, we aim to continue these goals in 2017.  Membership categories are as follows:
    Student:  $5
    Individual: $10
    Family:  $25
    Associate Organization: $35
    Corporate: $50
    Lifetime Membership: $175
    We continue to meet the first Thursday of each month, except July, at Brooksville City Hall @ 6:30 pm.  Brooksville recently celebrated its 160th anniversary at Founders Day Events.  Planning is currently underway for Hernando County’s Heritage Day Event for early 2017.  Our organization is proud to partner with the Hernando Historical Museum Association, other local organizations,  Hernando County, and the City of Brooksville as we plan projects and events each year.  One exciting development by Hernando County is a project to open the 1913 Old Hernando County Courthouse in the future,  to promote the cultural and historical resources of our community.  Another development we see for 2017 by the City of Brooksville is the Brooksville Main Street program, which will bring the community together to revitalize the historic downtown area.  We encourage you to become a part of these exciting developments in 2017, as we all volunteer together and build a wonderful community, remembering the PAST, and looking to the FUTURE.
    1)Download the application here, fill out and mail with your check.
    2)Bring the application and fee in person to one of our meetings.
    3) Apply online via PayPal right here.
    We look forward to your application!
    Jon Yeager
  • Frasier Mountain

    MOUNTAIN, Frasier W., age 93, died Tuesday October 4, 2016 at HPH Hospice Care Center. He was born in Dunnellon, FL and was a lifelong Brooksville resident. He was co-owner of Frasier Mountain Appliances and a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII. He is survived by daughter: Diane Dannemiller of Brooksville, FL; 1 granddaughter: Ashley Dannemiller. A gathering for friends will be from 5-7:00pm, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Saxon Manor, 103 South Saxon Avenue, Brooksville, Florida 34601.




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